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About Our District


The Puyallup School District is the eighth largest district in the state of Washington, serving a population of approximately 122,806 residents. The district is located six miles east of Tacoma, 30 miles south of Seattle, and is situated in the heart of the Puyallup Valley.

The district has 22 elementary schools, seven junior high schools, three comprehensive senior high schools, an alternative school, and a digital learning program, all of which serve more than 22,250 students. The district employs approximately 1,560 certificated, 1,450 classified staff, and 570 substitute personnel.

Our Mission

The Puyallup School District, in partnership with our diverse communities, educates and inspires students to reach their full potential.

Our Vision

Puyallup School District Students will be:

     •  Skilled in successfully applying knowledge in all required subjects.
•  Competent as critical and innovative thinkers able to analyze and solve complex problems.
Engaged as life-long learners pursuing their goals and dreams.
     •  Successful as communicators and collaborators.
     •  Proficient in demonstrating an understanding of and a respect for individual differences.
Prepared to transition to post-high school opportunities and be able to compete locally and globally.
  • Skilled in making life choices that are healthy and socially responsible.     
     •  Motivated to strive for excellence.

Our Beliefs

In partnership with our communities, we:

  • Treat each student as a unique learner.
     Ensure all students have equal opportunities for learning and are supported in achieving competency in required           subject and performance areas.
     Regularly assess, evaluate, and communicate to students, families, and the community the results of student  performance.
Engage parents/guardians, family members, guardians, and students as active partners in the educational process.
 Incorporate concepts of diversity that benefit all and are integral in all district endeavors.
 Communicate effectively with parents/guardians, students, staff, and members of the community.
Cultivate and maintain partnerships that support district goals.
 Provide students and staff a safe and supportive learning and working environment.
Demonstrate accountability to all stakeholders.


The Puyallup School District was organized in 1854, and was the third school district formed in the state of Washington. Fort Maloney, also known as the "Blockhouse," was built on the south bank of the Puyallup River. It was used by U.S. soldiers as a storehouse and was occupied by the John Carson family. Emma Carson was the first teacher in Puyallup and had four students in the Blockhouse School in 1861. Fort Maloney also served as the first post office. To read more about the history of the Puyallup School District, click here.